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Finding aid for the Metro Art Department Collection of Metro Rail Public Art Photographs
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The Art Department of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA, Metro), created in 1989 under the predecessor transportation agency, Southern California Rapid Transit District (SCRTD), has worked to incorporate public art and transportation. The opening of light and heavy rail transit in Los Angeles presented many opportunities for artists to work with what was, at the time, planning by the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission and SCRTD, and what is now the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA), also known as Metro. Artwork for each station on the Metro Rail lines correspond with the history and culture, as well as the artist's perspective of, the area surrounding the station.
Please contact the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Research Library and Archive for information on collection access and restrictions.
1 box 0.417 linear feet
163 color and black and white photographs total. 35 of these photographs depict public artwork installed at Blue Line stations, 163 photographs depict artwork installed at Red Line stations. All photographs in this collection have a label adhered to the backside containing information about the photo such as the name of the artwork, the artist's name, the architect's name if applicable, and the photographer's name.
Working to incorporate public art and transportation projects since the department's creation in 1989, Metro's Art Department was heavily involved in the design of stations along the heavy and light rail transit lines, dedicating 0.05% of rail construction costs specifically to art.